jeudi 10 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: 5th place for Nina Derwael in the all-around final!

Thursday afternoon, Nina Derwael competed in the all-around final at the World Championships in Stuttgart. She was impressive and finished 5th. 

Nina started her competition on uneven bars. She showed excellent work and scored 15.200, a little more than in qualifications. She was also solid on beam, showing a back handspring to a layout step out, a triple wolf turn and a Steingruber dismount for a score of 13.733.

In the third rotation Nina was first up on floor where she once again showed excellent execution and expressiveness. She scored 13.500 for a routine that included a double tuck and a triple wolf turn.

On vault she received 13.600 for her Yurchenko with a full twist. She finishes 5th with a total of 56.033.

Simone Biles won her 5th World all-around title with 58.999. Tang Xijing from China won the silver medal, Angelina Melnikova the bronze.

Result all-around final:

1. Simone Biles (USA) 58.999
2. Tang Xijing (CHN) 56.899
3. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 56.399
4. Ellie Black (CAN) 56.232
5. Nina Derwael (BEL) 56.033
6. Elisabeth Seizt (GER) 55.999
7. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 55.732
8. Sunisa Lee (USA) 55.632

You can find the full results here.

On Saturday, Nina will defend her World title on uneven bars. The apparatus finals start at 16.00 and can be followed live on Sporza.

lundi 7 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: Men's qualifications: 18th place for Team Belgium

Monday afternoon the Belgian men completed their qualifications in Stuttgart. Just like the girls, they were in search of an olympic team ticket. A bad start in the first rotation cut their chances short right away. 

The men started their competition on pommel horse. Jimmy Verbaeys was off to a good start on the most difficult apparatus to start on. He scored 13.200. Unfortunately Noah Kuavita, Luka Van den Keybus and Maxime Gentges all fell. Luka scored 11.433 while Maxime saved a few tenths by adding extra difficulty after his fall (12.066). Noah got 10.933.

On rings Maxime scored 13.200 for a good routine. Noah and Jimmy added 12.733 and 12.566 to the team total while Luka got 12.300. On vault Noah received an excellent 14.400 for his handspring double front. Luka scored 13.900 for his Yurchenko double twist. Daan added another half twist and scored 14.166. Jimmy made a mistake and got 12.366.

The men then moved on to the parallel bars where Noah once again got the highest score of the team (13.866). Luka showed a clean routine for a score of 13.566 and Maxime got a 13.533. Jimmy was not far behind with 13.333. On high bar Noah impressed with his stuck triple piked dismount (13.566). Jimmy and Luka both showed clean and well controled routines, that scored 13.533 and 13.500. Daan displayed some impressive skills but fell on his first release to get 12.000.

On floor, the final apparatus, Luka was impressive with clean work and excellent landings. He scored 14.133. Jimmy went clean too and got 13.566. Daan showed a nice double double for a score of 13.433, while Noah received 12.933. 

The team, which hoped to get 245 points, scored 240.360 for the 18th place. Their ranking means they unfortunately didn't qualify a full team to the Games. This team, although experienced, is still quite young and there's room for improvement.

Russia was the best team out there with 259.928 to qualify into first, ahead of China (258.354) and Japan (258.026).

Here are the 12 teams that qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The top 8 will compete in the team final on Wednesday :
1. Russia 259.928
2. China 258.354
3. Japan 258.026
4. Ukraine  253.528
5. Great Britain 252.409
6. Switzerland 251.400
7. USA 250.359
8. Chinese Taipe 250.093
9 . South Korea  249.651
10. Brazil  247.236
11. Spain 246.727
12. Germany 246.508

All-around qualifiers:
1. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 87.333
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 86.531
3. Xiao Ruoteng (CHN) 85.831
4. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) 85.731
5. Sun Wei (CHN) 84.899
6. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 84.598
7. Lee Chih Kai (TPE) 84.481
8. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 84.299

Floor qualifiers:
1. Artem Dolgopyat (ISR) 15.033
2. Chaopan Lin (CHN) 14.933
3. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.900
4. Ruoteng Xiao (CHN) 14.833
5. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.733
6. Hansol Kim (KOR) 14.666
7. Carlos Edriel Yulo (PHI) 14.633
8. Dom Cunningham (GBR) 14.600

Pommel horse qualifiers: 
1. Max Whitlock (GBR) 15.266
2. Rhys McClenaghan (IRL) 15.200
3. Chih Kai Lee (TPE) 14.966
4. Jingyuan Zou (CHN) 14.958
5. Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) 14.883
6. Yu-Jan Shiao (TPE) 14.683
7. Cyril Tommasone (FRA) 14.666
8. Kazumo Kaya (JPN) 14.633

Rings qualifiers:
1. Ibrahim Colak (TUR) 14.858
2. Arthur Zanetti (BRA) 14.700
3. Samir Ait Said (FRA) 14.700
4. Elefherios Petrounias (GRE) 14.700
5. Marco Lodadio (ITA) 14.666
6. Denis Abliazin (RUS) 14.600
7. Nick Klessing (GER) 14.566
8. Artur Tovmasyan (ARM) 14.566

Vault qualifiers:
1. Hakseon Yang (KOR) 14.933
2. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.716
3. Wai Hung Shek (HKG) 14.666
4. Igor Radivilov (UKR) 14.666
5. Thanh Tun Le (VIE) 14.633
6. Marian Dragulescu (ROU) 14.624
7. Nikita Nagornyy (RUS) 14.616
8. Dom Cunningham (GBR) 14.566

Parallel bars qualifiers:
1. Lukas Dauser (GER) 15.033
2. Petro Pakhniuk (UKR) 15.033
3. Joe Fraser (GBR) 15.000
4. Ruoteng Xiao (CHN) 14.966
5. Ferhat Arican (TUR) 14.933
6. Wei Sun (CHN) 14.800
6. Onder Ahmet (TUR) 14.800
8. Kazuma Kaya (JPN) 14.800

High bar qualifiers:
1. Chia-Hung Tang (TPE) 14.933
2. Sam Mikulak (USA) 14.866
3. Tin Srbic (CRO) 14.833
4. Arthur Mariano (BRA) 14.600
5. Artur Dalaloyan (RUS) 14.433
6. Chaopan Lin (CHN) 14.433
7. Tyson Bull (AUS) 14.366
8. Daiki Hashimoto (JPN) 14.366

On Tuesday, the best 8 teams from the women's qualifications will battle for the medals at 14:30.

You can find all the results here.

dimanche 6 octobre 2019

Worlds 2019: Olympic Team qualification and 3 finals for Nina!

Friday morning, the Belgian girls competed during the qualifications at the World Championships. They scored 161.238 and finished 10th. Just like in Rio in 2016, the Belgian girls team qualified for the Olympic Games as a team. 

Apart from Olympic qualifications, the qualifications for the all-around and apparatus finals were also at stake. Nina Derwael qualified for 3 of them. 

With a score of 55.441, she placed 8th but qualifies in 7th place for the all-around final that will be held on Thursday. 4th times all-around World champion Simone Biles took the lead after the qualifications ahead of her teammate Sunisa Lee. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos from France qualified in 3rd. 

Nina, the World uneven bars champion confirmed her status by qualifying in first position for the final on Saturday. She scored 15.141 out of a 6.5 D-score. Russian Daria Spiridonova (15.016) and American Sunisa Lee (15.000) are not that far behind. It will be a close battle for the medals! 

Surprisingly Nina also qualified for the floor final thanks to her excellent E-score of 8.6, the highest  one of the field on floor. The floor final will be held on Sunday. The American girls ruled the floor qualifications. Simone Biles succesfully competed her triple-double and scored 14.833. Sunisa Lee and Jade Carey both scored 14.200. Sunisa qualifies for the final because of her better execution score. 

Team qualification result:
1. United States 174.205
2. China 169.161
3. Russia 168.080
4. France 166.713
5. Canada 162.922
6. The Netherlands 162.663
7. Great Britain 161.963
8. Italy 161.931
9. Germany 161.897
10. Belgium 161.238
11. Japan 161.228
12. Spain 159.021

All-around qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 59.432
2. Sunisa Lee (USA) 57.166
3. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) 56.782
8. Nina Derwael (BEL) 55.441

Vault qualifiers :
1. Jade Carey (USA) 15.200
2. Simone Biles (USA) 15.199
3. Alexa Moreno (MEX) 14.816
4. Elissa Downie (GBR) 14.783
5. Seojeong Yeo (KOR) 14.766
6. Shallon Olsen (CAN) 14.683
7. Liliia Akhaimova (RUS) 14.633
8. Qi Qi (CHN) 14.599

Uneven Bars qualifiers :
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 15.141
2. Daria Spiridonova (RUS) 15.016
3. Sunisa Lee (USA) 15.000
4. Elisabeth Seitz (GER) 14.800
5. Rebecca Downie (GBR)14.800
6. Liu Tingting (CHN) 14.766
7. Simone Biles (USA) 14.733
8. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.700

Beam qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 14.800
2. Li Shijia (CHN) 14.500
3. Liu Tingting (CHN) 14.300
4. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 14.266
5. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.700
6. Sarah Voss (GER) 13.600
7.Elsabeth Black (CAN) 13.533
8. Ana Padurariu (CAN) 13.500

Floor qualification results:
1. Simone Biles (USA) 14.833
2. Sunisa Lee (USA) 14.200
3. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.100
4. Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (FRA) 13.966
5. Liliia Akhaimova (RUS) 13.933
6. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 13.833
7. Roxana Popa (ESP) 13.800
8. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.600

You can find the complete results here.

Tomorrow the Belgian men will also try to qualify as a team for the Tokyo Olympics. They start at 13.00 on pommel horse. The competition can be followed live on Sporza. 

vendredi 4 octobre 2019

2019 World Championships: Solid qualification round for Team Belgium.

Friday morning, the Belgian girls competed in the qualifications at the World Championships in Stuttgart, the qualifying competition for teams and individual all-around gymnasts for Tokyo 2020. The Belgian Red Eagles were pretty solid and scored 161.238.  

Maellyse Brassart opened the competition for team Belgium, with a high piked full-in. She scored 12.766. Margaux Daveloose received 13.366  for a great routine, while Nina Derwael scored 13.600. Jade Vansteenkiste opened with a strong triple twist but unfortunaly fell on a front twist later on. Her score of 12.200 was dropped. 

On vault, all the girls but Jade showed a Yurchenko with a full twist. Nina, Senna and Maellyse scored 13.500, 13.566 and 13.600. Jade performed a Yurchenko with 1 1/2 twist and scored 14.100.

The Red Eagles came to full strenght on uneven bars. They impressed with 4 clean routines. Maellyse scored 13.133,  Margaux  did a tiny bit better with her 13.166.  Senna added a strong 13.733 to the team total. Nina did her job confidently and scored 15.141. 

On beam, Nina was the first up. She had  a few wobbles but still scored 13.200, the highest score on beam for Team Belgium. Margaux kept a cool head on beam and added 12.900 to the team total. Team captain Senna finished the job for the team, with a 12.200. 

Overall the girls were happy with their performance. They did their job and have to wait now to see if it was enough for an Olympic team qualification. 

You can follow the scores here

samedi 27 juillet 2019

EYOF 2019: 8th place for Victor Martinez in the vault final!

Today the gymnasts fought for the last medals at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. Victor Martinez competed in the vault final. 

Victor was the 7th gymnast to compete in the vault final. He qualified in 5th place. To fight for the medals, he had to show more difficult vaults than in qualifications. Victor and his coach Gilles Gentges decided to go for it.  Unfortunately Victor fell on his first vault and also had to put his hand down on his second vault. He scored 12.783 and finished 8th.

It was Victor's very first final at this level and he gained a lot of valuable experience.  Earlier this week he finished 12th in the all-around final.

Results Vault final men:
1. Raekwon Baptiste (GBR) 13.983
2. Robert Burtanete (ROM) 13.933
3. Gabriel Burtanete (ROM) 13.833
4. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.716
5. Sam Mostowfi (GBR) 13.433
6. Jorge Campana (ESP) 13.033
7. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.849
8. Victor Martinez (BEL) 12.783

You can find the results of the other finals below:
Result parallel bars final:
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 14.600
2. Volodymyr Kostiuk (UKR) 14.300
3. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 13.566
4. Robert Burtanete (ROU) 13.533
5. Pascal Brendel (GER) 13.266
6. Lucas Desanges (FRA) 13.033
7. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.233
8. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 11.466

Result high bar final:
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 13.366
2. Lucas Desanges (FRA) 13.233
3. Ivan Brunello (ITA) 13.200
4. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.166
5. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 12.900
6. Lorenzo Bonicelli (ITA) 12.800
7. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 11.733
8. Kacper Garnczarek (POL) 11.333

Result Beam final:
1. Ondine Achampong (GBR) 13.666
2. Silviana Sfiringu (ROM) 13.366
3. Clarisse Passeron (FRA) 13.000
4. Halle Hilton (GBR) 12.900
5. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 12.733
6. Micol Minotti (ITA) 12.633
7. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 12.633
8. Alizée Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 11.600

Result Floor Final women:
1. Vitkoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.066
2. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.633
3. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 13.400
4. Iana Vorona (RUS) 13.366
5. Micol Minotti (ITA) 12.933
6. Julia Birck (GER) 12.766
7. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 12.766
8. Alizée Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 12.266

vendredi 26 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: 6th and 7th place for our Belgian girls in the bars final

Today was the first day of event finals at the European Youth Olympic Festival. Jutta Verkest and Margaux Dandois both competed in the uneven bars final.

Credit : Azerbaidjan Federation
Margaux was the very first one gymnast to compete. At only 13, she showed she belonged in this final with a solid routine, comprising of a Jaeger release and a double piked dismount. She scored 12.600. Jutta was the 7th to go. She impressed in qualifications and the all-around final. With a Jaeger salto and a full twisting double tuck dismount, she scored 12.900.

Jutta placed 6th and Margaux was 7th in a final won by Russian sensation Viktoriia Listunova with 14.300. Listunova, the Juniors World Champion, won two new gold medals. She now has 4 for herself (team final, all-around final, vault and uneven bars). And she can add two more as she will compete in the beam and floor finals tomorrow.

Her teammate Irina Komnova won the silver with 13.733. The bronze went to Romania's Ioana Stanciulescu with 13.366.

Results uneven bars final:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.300
2. Irina Komnova (RUS) 13.733
3. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.366
4. Daria Murzhak (UKR) 13.033
5. Lena Bickel (SUI) 12.933
6. Jutta verkest (BEL) 12.900
7. Margaux Dandois (BEL) 12.600
8. Tatiana Levchuk (BLR) 10.166

You can find the results of the other events below:
Results floor final MAG:
1. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 14.300
2. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 14.000
3. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.966
4. Emre Dodanli (TUR) 13.766
5. Sam mostowfi (GBR) 13.766
6. Samad Mammadli (AZE) 13.733
7. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 12.800
8. Leo Saladino (FRA) 12.533

Results pommel horse final:
1. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.900
2. Samad Mammadli (AZE) 13.600
3. Volodymyr Kostiuk (UKR) 13.533
4. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.500
5. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.233
6. Lorenzo Casali (ITA) 13.100
7. Lorenzo Bonicelli (ITA) 13.100
8. Leo Saladino (FRA) 11.533

Results still rings final:
1. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 13.500
2. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 13.466
3. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 13.333
4. Luca Bottarelli (SUI) 13.300
5. Krisztian Balazs (HUN) 13.266
6. Lorenzo Casali (ITA) 13.233
7. Mattia Piffaretti (SUI) 13.200
8. Jorge Campana (ESP) 12.966

Results vault final WAG:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.166
2. Anastasiia Motak (UKR) 14.016
3. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 13.983
4. Iana Vorona (RUS) 13.899
5. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 13.833
6. Veronica Mandriota (ITA) 13.733
7. Lilli Habisreutinger (SUI) 13.566
8. Bilge Tarhan (TUR) 13.416

Tomorrow is the last day of finals in Baku. Victor Martinez will be in the vault final at 12:00!

jeudi 25 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: strong performances in the all-around final

The all-around finals took place today at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Baku. Three Belgian gymnasts competed today. Recap.

Victor Martinez and Nicola Cuyle took the stage first. Victor had an excellent start on vault, scoring 13.950.  Nicola started his competition with a 12.550 on still rings. Victor then moved to parallel bars where he showed a good routine that was rewarded with a 13.300. Nicola went to vault where he scored 13.600.

In the third rotation Victor competed on high bar and scored 12.500, Nicola received 13.250 for his routine on parallel bars. Nicola moved on to the high bar then where he scored 12.200 while Victor was on floor and got rewarded with 12.500.

In the fifth rotation Victor competed on the pommel horse and Nicola on floor. Nicola showed a strong routine that scored 13.150. Victor received a 12.100 from the judges. In the final rotation Victor made an error on still rings and scored 12.350. Nicola finished strong on pommel horse with a score of 12.950.

Nicola Cuyle finished 10th with a score of 77.300. Victor Martinez ended 12th with 76.700.

Illia Kovtun from Ukraine won the gold medal (82.000). The Russians Ivan Kuliak (81.100) and Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (80.550) completed the podium.

Result all-around final men
1. Illia Kovtun (UKR) 82.000
2. Ivan Kuliak (RUS) 81.100
3. Mukhammadzhon Iakubov (RUS) 80.550
4. Ivan Brunello (ITA) 80.250
5. Gabriel Burtanete (ROU) 79.300
6. Nazar Chepurnyi (UKR) 78.95
7. Leo Saladino (FRA) 78.750
8. Mattia Piffaretti (SUI) 77.750
10. Nicola Cuyle (BEL) 77.300
12. Victor Martinez (BEL) 76.700

Jutta Verkest started her all-round final on beam. Just like yesterday she couldn't avoid a fall (11.350) She came back strong on floor with a score of 12.650 despite going out of bounds on her double pike.

On vault she performed a layout Yurchenko (12.550). She finished her competition with an excellent routine on uneven bars. She scored 13.200, her personal best.

Jutta Verkest finished on the 14th place in her all-round final with a total score of 49.750. The Junior World Champion Viktoriia Listunova from Russia won the gold medal with 56.000. Ondine Achampong from Great-Britain won the silver (52.950) and Russian Iana Vorona was third (52.550).

Result all-around final women:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 56.000
2. Ondine Achampong (GBR) 52.950
3. Iana Vorona (RUS) 52.550
4. Ioana Stanciulescu (ROU) 52.100
5. Alizee Letrange-Mouakit (FRA) 52.100
6. Micol Minotti (ITA) 51.100
7. Silviana Sfiringu (ROU) 50.650
8. Halle Hilton (GBR) 50.400
14. Jutta Verkest (BEL 49.750

Tomorrow  Jutta Verkest and Margaux Dandois will compete in the uneven bars final. The finals start at noon.

mercredi 24 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: 6 finals for our Juniors!

The 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival started yesterday for our gymnasts in Baku (Azerbaidjan) with the men's qualifications, while the girls competed today for spots in the finals. They all did an amazing job, qualifying for 6 finals.

On Tuesday, Victor Martinez and the twins Nicola and Glen Cuyle competed in the 2nd subdivision (out of 3). Despite a few mistakes, they managed to score 153.400 and placed 10th in the team final. The gold went to Ukraine (163.950, ahead of Russia (163.100) a,d Italy (159.183).

Our boys also qualified for 3 individual finals. Nicola Cuyle and Victor Martinez both qualified for the all-around final, as they scored 77.000 and 76.400 to place 17th and 24th respectively. In addition to that, Victor also qualified for the vault final in 5th place with a score of 13.600.

Today, Charlotte Beydts, Margaux Dandois and Jutta Verkest competed in the 4th and final subdivision where they started on beam. All three of them fell, but Margaux got the highest score with 12.200. 

On floor, Jutta delivered a strong performance to score 12.350. On vault, it's Charlotte who got the highest score for her full twisting Yurchenko (13.200). They finish strong on bars, as both Jutta (13.000) and Margaux (12.600) qualified for the uneven bars final.

As a team, the girls scored 99.000 and placed 6th. The gold went to Russia (108.050), ahead of Romania (106.800) and Great Britain (103.850). 

Individually, the Belgian girls qualified for three finals, same as the boys: Jutta will be in the all-around final thanks to her 49.050 total from qualifications, as well as in the bars final, where she'll be joined by Margaux. Margaux is also 1st reserve for the all-around final (47.950). Charlotte placed 38th with 46.950.

The all-around finals will be held tomorrow at 10:00 for the boys and 14:00 for the girls. The event finals will take place on Friday and Saturday, starting at noon on both days.

As for now, the coverage has been really poor and we don't know yet if and where the finals will be broadcasted. We'll keep you posted!

Full results can be found here.

mardi 23 juillet 2019

2019 EYOF: All you need to know!

The 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival started on sunday with the Opening ceremony in  Baku, Azerbaijan. 3600 young athletes get to taste of the Olympic experience in this multi-sports event.  

Team Belgium will be represented by Charlotte Beydts, Margaux Dandois and Jutta Verkest on the girls side and by Glen and Nicola Cuyle and Victor Martinez on the boys side. They hope to follow in the footsteps of medal winning compatriots as Aagje Vanwalleghem, Maxime Gentges, Thomas Neuteleers, Axelle Klinckaert, Nina Derwael, Ward Claeys and Mattis Bouchet.

The men's qualifications, that also serve as team competition will be held on Tuesday. The Belgian boys compete in the second of three subdivision that starts at 11.45 Belgian time. They'll start on still rings.

The girls' qualifications are scheduled on Wednesday. The Belgian girls will compete in the last of 4 subdivisions. The girls start their competition on beam, at 15.15 Belgian time.

On Thursday the all-roundfinals are on the program. The boys final starts at 10.00, the girls will compete in their final at 14.00.

On Friday the first apparatus finals will be held. They'll start with the men's floor final, followed by women's vault, pommel horse, uneven bars and still rings. The finals start at 12.

The apparatus finals conclude on saturday with men's vault, beam, parallel bars, girls floor and high bar. They also start at 12.

The qualifications won't be streamed, but finals should be. We'll let you know! 

dimanche 30 juin 2019

European Games 2019: Nina Derwael wins the gold on balance beam!

Nina Derwael won the gold medal on balance beam during the final day of the European Games in Minsk. She also finished 4th on uneven bars.

Nina first competed in the bars final. She unfortunately fell on her third release skill : the Derwael-Fenton. The last couple of years we got used to see Nina deliver medal winning routines but we must not forget how incredibly difficult this routine actually is. She scored 13.933 and finished 4th.

Angelina Melnikova won the gold (14.466), Becky Downie the silver (14.400) and the young Anastasiya Alistratava the bronze (14.233).

Nina was pretty disappointed and angry after her bars but this made her attack the beam. She performed agressively and rock solid. Her routine included a free walkover connected to a ring leap, a triple and a double wolf turn. She scored 13.766 and won the gold medal. The Russian Angelina Melnikova was second. Diana Varinska from Ukraine third.

Results Uneven Bars final:
1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 14.466
2. Becky Downie (GBR) 14.400
3. Anastasiya Alistratava (BLR) 14.233
4. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.933
5. Naomi Visser (HOL) 13.466
6. Lorette Charpy (FRA) 12.866

Results Balance Beam final:
1. Nina Derwael (BEL) 13.766
2. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 13.600
3. Diana Varinska (UKR) 13.100
4. Denisa Golgota (ROU) 12.933
5. Georgia-Mae Fenton (GBR) 12.800
6. Lorette Charpy (FRA) 11.566

The next big competition for the Belgian gymnasts are the World Championships in Stuttgart in October. They hope to qualify as a team for the Olympic Games in 2020.

samedi 29 juin 2019

Junior Worlds Gyor : 7th and 8th place for Stacy and Noémie in the bars final

Today was the first day of apparatus finals at the Juniors World Championships in Gyor (Hungary). Two Belgians were in the uneven bars final : Stacy Bertrandt and Noémie Louon.

Credit : Hungarian Gymnastics Federation
Stacy and Noémie are used to those big events, as they both participated in the Junior European Championships last year. Nevertheless, competing in a big arena can still be quite impressive. But our girls managed to keep their head cool and compete great routines.

Noémie was the first of the two to go. She performed a Jaeger release, a Shaposhnikova and a double tuck with a full twist dismount. She scored 13.100.

Stacy was the very last gymnast to present herself in front of the judges. With a good routine and a double piked dismount, she also scored 13.100. 

Our Belgians got separated in the ranking based on their execution score. Stacy placed 7th and Noémie 8th.

The gold went to Russia's Vladislava Urazova (14.433), ahead of all-around world champion Viktoriia Listunova (14.200) and China's Wei Xiaoyuan (13.800).

Results uneven bars final:
1. Vladislava Uzarova (RUS) 14.433
2. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.200
3. Xiaoyuan Wei (CHN) 13.800
4. Skye Blakely (USA) 13.766
5. Ou Yushan (CHN) 13.766
6. Kayla Di Cello (USA) 13.500
7. Stacy Bertrandt (BEL) 13.100
8. Noémie Louon (BEL) 13.100

European Games 2019: 6th place for Senna Deriks, Jimmy Verbaeys 16th!

Today Senna Deriks and Jimmy Verbaeys competed in the all-around final at the European Games in Minsk.  Senna did very good and finished in 6th place. Jimmy was 16th. 

For these all-around finals, the men and women competed simultaneously in Minsk. Jimmy did not have the start he wished for on still rings with a score of 11.966. He came back strong on vault and parallel bars with 13.766 and 13.466. His high bar routine wasn't his best (12.400) but his floor was good. He scored 13.733. 

He finished his competition on the pommel horse with a score of 13.100. With a total score of 78.431, he placed 16th. 

David Belyavskiy from Russia won the gold medal (85.465), ahead of Oleg Verniaiev from Ukraine (84.632) and his teammate Vladislav Poliashov (84.464).

Senna started her competition with a good floor routine that got her 12.333. She was solid on vault too and scored 13.400 for her full twisting Yurchenko, a tiny bit more than in qualifications. On uneven bars she showed a good exercise that was rewarded with 13.466. She kept the head cool during the last rotation on beam and added 12.733 to her total. She scored 51.932 and finished on a well deserved 6th place.

The gold medal went to the Russian Angelina Melnikova (54.498). Lorette Charpy from France won the silver (54.166) and Ukraine's Diana Varinska got the bronze (52.766).

Results women's all-around final 
1. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 54.498
2. Lorette Charpy (FRA) 54.166
3. Diana Varinska (UKR) 52.766
4. Aline Friess (FRA) 52.699
5. Aleksandra Shchekoldina (RUS) 52.365
6. Senna Deriks (BEL) 51.932

Full Results can be found here.

Results men's all-round final 
1. David Belyavskiy (RUS) 85.465
2. Oleg Verniaiev (UKR) 84.632
3. Vladislav Poliashov (RUS) 84.464
4. Petro Pakhniuk  (UKR) 84.031
5. Artur Davtyan (ARM) 83.632
16. Jimmy Verbaeys (BEL) 78.431

Full Results can be found here.

Tomorrow, Nina Derwael will be in the uneven bars and beam finals at 13:25 and 14:00 (Belgian time).

vendredi 28 juin 2019

Junior Worlds Gyor : top 5 for our girls, bars final for Noémie and Stacy!

Today was the second day of competition in Gyor. After the boys yesterday, this Friday saw the girls compete for the very first Junior World titles. Our Belgian girls did an amazing job, placing 5th as a team and qualifying for 2 event finals.

Credit: Magyar Torna Szövetség - Hungarian Gymnastics Federation
Noémie Louon, Stacy Bertrandt and Lisa Vaelen started their competition in the 2nd subdivision on vault. With three solid vaults, they scored 13.066, 13.400 and 13.200 respectively and were off to a good start.

On bars, if things didn't go according to plan for Lisa who had to count a fall (11.933), Stacy and Noémie really shone. With solid sets, they scored 13.266 and 13.433, enough to qualify for the uneven bars final in 7th and 8th place.

On beam, Noémie fell but still got 11.766. Lisa received 12.566 while Stacy got the highest score for the team with 12.900. They finished on floor, an event for which Belgium is known for its original choreographies.  Lisa and Noémie got big scores for the team with 12.866 and 12.833, enough to put them in the 2nd and 3rd reserve spots. Stacy scored 12.500.

The team competition was won by Russia with 111.654, ahead of China (109.497) and the United States (109.380). Belgium placed 5th with a total score of 104.464.

In the all-around, Russia's Viktoriia Listunova won the gold medal with 55.323. Her teammate Vladislava Urazova got the silver medal (55.298). China's Ou Yushan completes the podium with 54.931. 

Stacy is the best Belgian, with 52.066 and the 9th place, followed by Noémie with 51.098 in 11th place. Lisa, as the 3rd Belgian is not officially in the rankings (only the two best per country are ranked) but got 50.565.

Team rankings:
1. Russia 111.646
2. China 109.497
3. United States 109.380
4. Romania 104.596
5. Belgium 104.464

All-around standings:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 55.323
2. Vladislava Uzarova (RUS) 55.298
3. Ou Yushan (CHN) 54.931
9. Stacy Bertrandt (BEL) 52.066
11. Noémie Louon (BEL) 51.098
Lisa Vaelen (BEL) 50.565 (not officially ranked)

Uneven bars qualifiers:
1. Viktoriia Listunova (RUS) 14.366
2. Vladislava Uzarova (RUS) 14.266
3. Ou Yushan (CHN) 13.966
4. Skye Blakely (USA) 13.908
5. Kayla DiCello (USA) 13.833
6. Wei Xiaoyuan (CHN) 13.766
7. Noémie Louon (BEL) 13.433
8. Stacy Bertrandt (BEL) 13.266